Infection Preventionist - Clinical Outcomes (Part-Time 20 hours)

On July 1, 2017, South Texas Regional Medical Center became part of the Methodist Healthcare System family, the most preferred and respected healthcare provider in the area. With this change of ownership, we are now known as Methodist Hospital South. Even though our name has changed, the heart of our hospital remains; it just got a little bigger. The foundation we now stand on is faith-based and driven by our commitment to ""Serving Humanity to Honor God"".
Our clinical team is comprised of healthcare professionals with years of training and experience. These doctors, nurses, technicians, and support team members also bring compassion to their work. They are committed to working together to help ensure that your medical needs are anticipated and addressed. We consider you and your family our teammates in this journey. You are our friends and our neighbors. And we remain your hometown hospital. On behalf of everyone at Methodist Hospital South, we thank you. We value your trust and will work tirelessly to exceed your expectations.
General Statement of Duties:
Participates in the development, implementation, and coordination of an ongoing program for surveillance, prevention and control of infections among patients, employees, visitors and medical staff.

Essential Job Functions:
1. Collects, collates, and classifies epidemiological and quality improvement data required by the Infection Control Program such as data on risk factors, infections, and patient care practices; investigates unusual infections and significant clusters of infections for their possible sources; assists with special studies as required.
2. Reviews and analyses epidemiological data to identify unusual infections and significant clustering of infections and to determine trends in infection patterns and antimicrobial resistance; determines infection rates based on risk stratification of patients.
3. Reports data in a systematic, effective manner: maintains a current listing of nosocomial and other significant infections as indicated for review by the Epidemiologist and Infection Control Coordinator; prepares a monthly report of nosocomial infections for review by the Infection Control Committee; presents verbal summaries of monthly infections to Committee; and interfaces between the hospital, physicians, and Health Department (or other community agencies) for infectious disease reporting and control.
4. Identifies and investigates environmental infection hazards and recommends methods to eliminate/control problems.
5. Serves as a consultant to hospital personnel and medical staff on patient placement, isolation, and other interventions to control or reduce infections or infectious risks among patients, personnel, medical staff, and visitors.
6. Conducts orientation and in-service education classes relative to infection control for hospital employees and volunteers.
Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing or other health-related field; post-graduate courses in Epidemiology or Infection Control desirable.

  • One to two years clinical nursing experience required, with two to three years recent experience in hospital infection control preferred.

  • Completion of CDC or APIC sponsored infection control training desirable.

Minimum License and Certificates Required:

  • Current Texas licensure as an RN. CBIC certification in Infection Control preferred

Company Description:

At its founding in 1968, Nashville-based HCA was one of the nation's first hospital companies. Today, we are the nation's leading provider of healthcare services, a company comprised of locally managed facilities that includes about 165 hospitals and 115 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and England and employing approximately 204,000 people. Approximately four to five percent of all inpatient care delivered in the country today is provided by HCA facilities. Milton Johnson serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HCA.

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